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A Cost-Conscious Case For Hiring Freelance Product Managers

A Cost-Conscious Case For Hiring Freelance Product Managers

Freelancers are too expensive!
I hear this one quite frequently. Actually, most freelancers probably do. Properly unpacking this entire statement might as well end up in an academic thesis, but since we’re all busy, I’ll focus on one key aspect of its meaning:
“I’d rather hire an employee because it’s cheaper and provides more long-term value.”

Diving Into Freelancing vs. Starting On The Side

Getting into freelancing as a Product Manager usually doesn’t just happen ‘en passant’ — in our space, it usually follows some elaborate evaluation of your professional (and/or personal) life’s priorities and at least some upfront groundwork. Accordingly, there’s a spectrum of options to realize this foray, with the extremes being playing it safe with a side hustle and taking the plunge going all-in, as well as some middle ground in there.